North Magoffin Elementary School teacher Darrell Patrick could soon be answering to some very serious drug charges. Detectives with the Operation UNITE drug task force served a search warrant at Patrick's Salyersville home over the weekend following a three-month-long investigation into his alleged dealing of oxycodone.
Detective Dan Smoot tells NEWSFIRST that an informant was able to purchase drugs from Patrick and that more evidence of drug dealing was found in Patrick's home. Smoot says the evidence will be presented to a grand jury in hopes of obtaining an indictment. Smoot also says that it appears Patrick brought the prescription painkillers across state lines.
School officials say that Patrick currently works in a collaborative role at North Magoffin Elementary school and works mostly with third and fourth grade students. He also assists with cafeteria and detention supervision.
Superintendent Joe Hunley says that he has not been made aware of the pending charges against Patrick and that Patrick is still an employee of the district. Hunley adds that if charges are filed, he would then seek legal counsel from the district as to Patrick's future.
Investigators say there is no evidence that Patrick was involved with any illegal activity on school property or with any students.